Official Lies, Bubonic Plague, And California's Homeless Challenge by Chuck DeVore of forbes.com. 130,000 Homeless Population Growing in California plus the new arrival of 1 million illegals.
The Democrats, so tell me what are the Republicans doing?
According to California Governor (and former San Francisco Mayor) Gavin Newsom, the “vast majority” of San Francisco’s homeless people “also come in from… Texas.”
To him, that’s “just an interesting fact;” to PolitiFact, it’s “Pants on Fire” inaccurate. PolitiFact goes as far as calling it “ridiculous.”
The tiniest factual nugget for Newsom’s fib was contained in data from a city program that hands out bus tickets to the homeless so they can travel to family or friends who have agreed to care for them. Of 12,268 tickets issued over 14 years through last year, 827 were to Texas—that’s 6.7% of the total—though the highest for any destination not in California.
It makes sense that Texas would be the most popular state other than California—as the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual interstate migration report shows that Texas has been the No. 1 state for people moving out of California for more than a decade.
That Newsom, San Francisco’s mayor from 2004 to 2011, would want to blame a state 1,200 miles away for the growing ranks of homeless in the state’s fourth-largest city—and every other urban area in California—is both understandable and troubling.
Understandable, because Newsom, first elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at the age of 29, has been in public office for 22 consecutive years with direct responsibility for the myriad of policies that bear on the homeless population.
Troubling, because laying false blame for a problem on something that has nothing to do with that issue makes solving that problem far more difficult—if not impossible.
What’s worse, in addition to the deplorable plight faced by California’s growing homeless population, estimated by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to number almost 130,000 last year, the unsanitary conditions they foster are now becoming a public health risk at large.
The trash, used needles, and human waste littering California’s cities have led to increased numbers of rats and—along with them—fleas and dead.... There were 13 reported cases of typhus in California in 2008, spiking to 167 in 2018, while hepatitis A, tuberculosis, and staph has been spreading aggressively in San Francisco and other California cities.
A new public health threat may be on the verge of making a deadly appearance: bubonic plague—known in the Middle Ages as the “Black Death”—it was responsible killing about 60% of the population of Eurasia in the mid-1300s.
The mix of conditions that have caused alarm is, so far, unique to California, though progressive environmental philosophy may extend its reach. The reason is the state’s growing discomfort with modern chemistry paired with the California trial bar’s love of industrial chemical dollars, in this case, second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). For the past five years, L.A.’s Department of Recreation and Parks has forgone the use of SGARs, acting on proposed restrictions from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Lawmakers in Sacramento have proposed banning SGARs entirely, making it even more difficult to cull California’s burgeoning disease-borne rodent population.
Returning to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, the federal government estimates that California—with 12% of the nation’s population—accounts for 30% of the nation’s homeless and 49% of all unsheltered individuals. California’s homeless rate is 2-1/2 times the national rate. HUD defines “unsheltered individuals” as “people whose primary nighttime location is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for people (for example, the streets, vehicles, or parks).”
Californication a la Gruesome Newsom.
Homelessness is caused by unsustainable economic tools, in this case, the Rigid Installment Payment. The classical American loan tool was Percentage As You Earn, which is pinned to a percentage of income. This can be payable monthly, quarterly twice annually or annually. If you have no income the amount paid is $0. The default rate on these loans is .01%. The form of loan allows for the irregularities problems to which all of us are subject. This form of payment also works well for health insurance. Now, if you lose your job you can also lose your health insurance.
Jack Kemp intended to use it as head of Habitat for Humanity but died too soon to do so.